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Clarkson goes green

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Clarkson goes green
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Clarkson and SUNY Potsdam were included in the "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” The schools are going green by saving and creating energy as well as utilizing their local resources. Our Cara Thomas tell us how they are not only encouraging sustainability through their academics, but are incorporating it in everyday life.

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- More than 300 colleges in the United State and Canada are taking the “going green” initiative very seriously and Clarkson University is one of them. And they are getting their students involved every step of the way. Through individual projects and campus wide initiatives, Clarkson is finding ways to be environmentally responsible.

Susan Powers, the Associate Director of Sustainability at Clarkson said, "I do all of my classes electronically now. I don't collect paper assignments, I don't return paper assignments, we do it all electronically so we can reduce the copying expense and paper use."

Clarkson's initiatives range from small to large. From changing to more efficient florescent light bulbs, dual flush toilets and low flow shower heads, to waste digesters which fertilize their greenhouse, a solar thermal system for hot water, and energy efficient renovations to their buildings. The university is finding ways to use their natural resources to their benefit.

Powers said, "It's not just about our facilities and energy efficiency but it's also about what we do with our students."

Faculty at Clarkson University says they stress the importance of sustainability to all their students, not only through the academics but in all campus life.

Clarkson President Tony Collins said, "It's not just about isolated projects, it's the way we now operate the institution. We've got a long way to go, but everybody's getting on board that we need to do everything in a sustainable fashion."

"We need to be role models, we need to be leaders in order to help our students become responsible leaders for tomorrow," said Powers.

Staff members said the students at Clarkson have been extremely involved with their sustainability initiative and have also taken it upon themselves to begin their own projects. Some will be entering national competitions in the near future.

Ithaca College was also listed in Princeton's Review of Green Colleges.

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